Shane Battier earned a reputation for being smart. He played four years at Duke and won both a Naismith College Player of the Year Award and an Academic All-American of the Year honor. LeBron James once called Battier "probably the No. 1 smartest basketball player and person I've been around." James and Battier won two titles together with the Miami Heat.
Battier retired in 2014, and before he even called its quits, the Michigan Democratic Party reportedly gauged his interest in running for a U.S. Senate spot in his birth state. He declined. In his post-basketball life, Battier, 38, has turned to investing.
This election cycle, ThePostGame asked Battier about his prospects for running for political office, to which he said, "The only place that I am running to now is my kids to school." He also explained the chaos of this election cycle has been "discouraging" for any political future on his part.
Battier talked with ThePostGame on behalf of Pizza Hut. He is helping promote the Pizza Hut All-American campaign that will send the winner to a variety of NCAA championships as a paid fan/reporter.